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The Chameleons

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk

The atmospheric pop band the Chameleons formed in Manchester in 1981 from the ashes of a number of local groups … after establishing themselves with a series of high-profile BBC sessions, the Chameleons signed to Epic and debuted with the EP Nostalgia, a tense, moody set produced by Steve Lillywhite which featured the single “In Shreds”…

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Billy Fury

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

In the early days of British rock & roll, there were dozens of contenders for stardom: Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, and Marty Wilde were among the players who rose to the challenge for at least a few years. Billy Fury, by contrast, was the real article from day one, and never really surrendered the title. He was also the most prodigiously talented of his generation of British rock ‘n roll singers, a songwriter of considerable ability, and a decent actor as well…

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The Wedding Present

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Post-punk

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths’ demise as the U.K.’s most successful indie pop band during the late ’80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group’s tumultuous history…

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Shep and the Limelites

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in 50s, Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues

Shep & the Limelites’ name will forever be etched in rock & roll history for recording the endearing “Daddy’s Home,” a tender ballad about returning from war that soared to number two on the pop charts in May 1961. James Sheppard’s career began with the Heartbeats, a band from Jamaica, Queens, NY…

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Jamey Johnson

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 in Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson is just as comfortable mopping up the tears on the barroom floor with an old Hank Williams-style ballad as he is tearing the roof off with a honky tonk juggernaut. The Alabama native and former Marine rose to the top of the Nashville food chain through blood, sweat, and tears. Being raised in a devout and deeply musical family helped the new traditionalist find his voice…

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Dawn Penn

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in 60s, REGGAE

A Jamaican singer who first made a name for herself during reggae’s rocksteady era of the 1960s, Dawn Penn gave the reggae world a pleasant surprise when she returned to the charts in the early ’90s with a dancehall-influenced remake of her signature song “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No).” The vocalist was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica where, in the late ’60s, she recorded the original version of that song for Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label…

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The Monochrome Set

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, New Wave, Post-punk

When the British art school punk band the B-Sides changed their name and direction to become Adam & the Ants, guitarist/vocalist Bid and guitarist Lester Square opted out to form their own group, the Monochrome Set. Founded in London in 1978, the band (also comprising ex-Gloria Mundi and Mean Street bassist Jeremy Harrington and former Art Attacks drummer J.D. Crowe) was quickly snapped up by the Rough Trade label…

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LCD Soundsystem

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Dance, Electronic

LCD Soundsystem debuted with “Losing My Edge,” a single that became one of the most talked-about indie releases of 2002. A self-effacing spoof (“I was there at the first Can show in Cologne,” etc.) laid over a puttering electronic beat with the occasional bursts of discoid clatter, the track was also one of the first released on the DFA label. Several magazines and newspapers would eventually declare James Murphy, the man behind both LCD Soundsystem and DFA, to be one of the coolest people on the planet…

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Chris Kenner

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues

Chris Kenner wrote a number of enduring New Orleans R&B classics, although subsequent cover versions eclipsed all but “I Like It Like That,” his Grammy-nominated greatest hit in 1961. Kenner co-wrote “Sick and Tired” with Fats Domino and charted with it in 1957 on Imperial, but Domino’s version blew it out of the water…

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Grandaddy

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

The solar-powered space pop combo Grandaddy were formed in 1992 in Modesto, California, by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch. Although a noisy, lo-fi approach characterized early recordings like 1994’s Complex Party Come Along Theories, the addition of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden in 1995 expanded the band’s sound exponentially…

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